The Mightiest TT
This is the most powerful Audi TT ever built – the TTS. What better way to celebrate the 10th birthday that became a star so quickly after being launched in 1998. It’s the first time it’s been made available in an ‘S’ version.
As we mentioned, this is the most powerful TT ever, at 272bhp. It gets the 2 litre TFSi engine from the S3, with modified mapping, which generates the additional seven horsepower. It’s a shame in once sense…you’d think they might have pushed for the 300bhp mark…which would have been a much more remarkable achievement. Nonetheless, this 2 litre turbo unit develops 350Nm of torque at 2500 rpm.
This new version of the TT has something of a reputation to live up to if it is to match the rest of the Audi ‘S’ range. If we start with its looks, the first thing that stands out is the addition of the instantly recognisable LEDs in the headlights. At the rear, the diffuser is punctuated by four exhaust exits, while the wing pops up at 120km/h. The TTS gets 18 inch wheels as standard, with 19s available as an option.
Moving inside, the changes aren’t so obvious. A few brushed aluminium inserts and the TTS logo on the steering wheel and gear lever. That said, there is a pretty comprehensive option list that let’s you personalise to your heart’s content. Once you go down that route, the TTS is transformed…
At the wheel, you find everything you would expect from an Audi. Efficient and safe, the TTS is both agile and gentle. The engine happily climbs up through the revs, giving out an amazing roaring noise. In contrast, it’s a shame that the Quattro system is actually the old Haldex system, but that doesn’t detract too much from the enjoyment to be had behind the wheel. It’s also a shame that the ESP can’t be completely switched off. Nonetheless, it’s easy to reach mind-boggling speeds. From what we’ve seen here, all we ask is that Audi goes one step further with a TT RS!